Economic Development

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Thousand Oaks Businesses

Download the September 2017 Economic Development Strategic Plan and Development Activity Update

If you are considering starting a new business in Thousand Oaks, or looking for help with your existing business, City staff can help you get the assistance you need.  Staff could provide you with information regarding local and regional resources that may assist you with your business.

Local Assistance

  • A-Team Assistance – The Economic Development office in the City Manager’s Office, can act as the point of contact for new businesses and business expansion in Thousand Oaks.  A City team comprised of appropriate departments will be assembled to assist business/developers interested in Thousand Oaks locations.
  • Permit Assistance – The Economic Development office will also work with City’s departments for problem-solving resolutions with the project’s development process as well as the permitting process.  Businesses locating to Thousand Oaks or expanding can rely on obtaining all of the necessary permits in a timely manner to ensure that project construction remains on schedule.

For assistance and information, please email Haider Alawami, Economic Development Manager or call (805) 449-2135.

Economic Development Organizations and Resources

Economic Development Collaborative – Ventura County (EDC-VC)

The EDC-VC is the business resource for companies of all sizes doing business in Ventura County.  EDC-VC promotes job creation and economic growth to maintain the County’s economic vitality through these key programs and services:

  • Business consulting and workshops
  • Loans and funding assistance
  • Manufacturing assistance program
  • How to on international trade

For more information regarding EDC-VC services, please visit

SCORE Ventura County

SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE have been doing this for nearly fifty years

SCORE provide:

  • Volunteer MENTORS who share their expertise across 62 industries
  • Free, confidential business COUNSELING in person or via email
  • Free business TOOLS, templates and tips online
  • Inexpensive or free business WORKSHOPS (locally) and webinars (online 24/7)

For more information regarding SCORE services, please contact

Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County

With an ever-changing world economy and its significant impact on local economies, workforce development and employer support are imperative for the economic vitality of a community. The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of Ventura County offers a valuable resource for employers and job seekers to get help when they need it.

What is unique about WIB programs and services is that they are offered at no cost to job seekers and no cost or low cost to employers. Through the effective use of federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds and strong partnerships with private and public sector providers, the WIB is able to offer quality support that otherwise would be costly for individuals and businesses to receive from other sources.

For more information regarding WIB services, please visit

Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV)

WEV provides a continuum of programs, including training, consulting and loans to help residents of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties start and grow small businesses. Though services are targeted toward women, WEV serves men as well. WEV’s core 14-weeks Self Employment Training (SET) program is offered at a reduced fee for low-income residents. For more information and to register for an upcoming free 1-hour orientation, please visit WEV’s website at

Ventura County Grows Business

Whether it’s meeting the challenge of finding critical financing, qualified employees, or increasing operational efficiencies, Ventura County offers a number of free and low-cost resources to help your business grow. For more information about the wide variety of resources available to businesses, please visit

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

For more information regarding SBA program, please visit